They say that diamonds are forever, and perhaps that’s why some of the biggest robberies in history have had diamonds as the primary haul. There have been a number of famous diamond heists throughout history, including one costly and unsolved case, which took place at Schiphol Airport on February 25, 2005. The Schiphol Airport robbery remains a mystery in many ways, but it is clear that the perpetrators got away with millions of dollars in diamonds bound for Antwerp’s diamond district, which has been subject to a major heist of its own just two years prior to the airport robbery.
To get their hands on the diamonds, four still unidentified men stole a KLM cargo vehicle at the airport and held up the driver of a diamond loaded truck in the cargo area. They loaded the jewels into the stolen van and speedily drove away.
Getting away with the crime
Unlike many other significant heists, the Schiphol Airport Robbery is still completely unsolved. Neither the perpetrators nor the diamonds have been identified in the nearly 11 years since the robbery took place. The actual value of the diamonds stolen is even unclear, because many of the jewels were uncut, and thus not yet appraised.
Inspiring future robberies
Perhaps due to the success of this robbery, a similar event occurred in 2013, when millions of dollars’ worth of diamonds were stolen from a Belgian airport. The robbery was quite similar to the Schiphol Airport incident, as several men drove alongside a diamond loaded plane and made off with a load of uncut diamonds with an undetermined value.
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